Dominic Barton will help draw Canada’s economic future blueprint

CBC News Fri May 20 2016 By: Andy Blatchford

A story on CBC News reported on the UBC economics alumnus who has taken the role as chair of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s council of economic advisers. Dominic Barton travels the world assisting presidents, governments and corporations with economic strategy.

How can China’s intellectuals be managed?

The Diplomat Fri May 20 2016 By: David Gitter

An article in The Diplomat explains how China’s United Front Work Department tries to include input from non-party intellectuals.

Tim Cheek, a UBC Institute of Asian Research historian, was interviewed for the story and explained how liberal Chinese intellectuals currently face the greatest government pressure since the anti-western campaigns of the 1980s. He says the only options for these Chinese academics is to keep a low profile or leave the country.

Breaking Bread: Bannock in Aboriginal cuisine

The Walrus Fri May 20 2016 By: Zoe Tennant

A story in The Walrus focusing on the contentious place of bannock in Aboriginal cuisine quoted UBC associate history professor Coll Thrush. “Many of the spaces that were cultivated and created by Indigenous communities for food crops were the first places taken over by settlers,” Thrush said.

Longtime couples get in sync, in sickness and in health

MPR News Sun May 22 2016 By: Lindsay Peterson

A story on MPR about the way couples age together included research from UBC psychology professor Christiane Hoppmann.

Hoppmann and her colleagues found that long-time couples experience similar levels of difficulty with daily tasks as well as similar depression levels. The story also appeared on Tri States Public Radio and KPBS.

Energy politics across Canada

CTV News Thu May 19 2016

CTV News interviewed UBC political scientist Kathyrn Harrison about the National Energy Board’s decision on Thursday to approve the pipeline expansion and what this means for the federal government.

“I think today’s announcement opens to the door to the next six months which will be a real period of reckoning for the federal government, which really got elected and governed so far by promising to make everyone happy,” Harrison told CTV News.

Museum directors’ gathering brings important dialogue

Pique News Magazine Thu May 19 2016 By: Cathryn Atkinson

Pique News Magazine quoted UBC associate professor Dana Claxton in an article about a public forum aimed at improving relations with First Nations artists, teachers and communities.

“This conversation has been going on for 40 or 50 years. I look out into the audience and you are all cultural brokers from a national perspective and primarily not indigenous or even folk of colour,” Claxton said. The forum was part of the spring meeting of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, hosted by the Audain Art Museum.

The advice college grads should be getting

Huffington Post Wed May 18 2016 By: Jeff Selingo

An article on Huffington Post quotes Henry Siu, a UBC economics professor on the topic of ‘job shopping’ for the right career after college. In a 2014 study, Siu co-authored a study which found that increased mobility in one’s 20s leads to higher earnings later in life.

The legacy of the Komagata Maru

Globe and Mail Wed May 18 2016 By: Renisa Mawani

In her op-ed for the Globe and Mail, Renisa Mawani, an associate professor of sociology at UBC, said that Prime Minister Trudeau’s apology for turning away the Komagata Maru should not only be directed at the Sikh community.

“The multifaith and multiracial passengers and crew epitomizes why the Komagata Maru must be remembered as a global event that held far-reaching consequences in Canada and beyond,” Mawani wrote.

Eight of our favourite Canadian museums

Canadian Geographic Wed May 18 2016 By: Alexandra Pope

A story on Canadian Geographic lists UBC’s Museum of Anthropology as one of the top eight museums in the country.

Anthropology grad and Canadian Geographic senior editor Harry Wilson chose the museum as his favourite. “It’s such an incredible space with equally incredible exhibits. I’d happily spend all day wandering around in there,” he said.

Pipeline politics: NEB set to unveil TransMountain report

Globe and Mail Wed May 18 2016 By: Shawn McCarthy

UBC political scientist George Hoberg was interviewed for a Globe and Mail story about the forthcoming National Energy Board report on the TransMountain pipeline expansion.

The government could impose even stricter requirements including consent from First Nations. This would be an unprecedented move by the National Energy Board, Hoberg said. The story also appeared on 24 News.

Women in Film and TV Vancouver Awards announced

Georgia Straight Tue May 17 2016 By: Craig Takeuchi

The Georgia Straight reported on the Spotlight Awards winners including UBC professor Rachel Talalay who has been honoured with the Woman of the Year Award. Women in Film and Television Vancouver presents the awards annually. The awards will be handed out June 20.

How we should approach electoral reform

Ottawa Citizen Tue May 17 2016 By: David Moscrop

David Moscrop, a UBC PhD candidate and graduate fellow in political science wrote an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen on electoral reform. “There are data from other countries that can inform us about their experience with various systems, which can be more or less accurately communicated. We should take our time and make sure this learning phase is done well,” Moscrop wrote.

Wonky welds keep West Coast submarines stuck in port

CBC News Tue May 17 2016 By: Deen Beeby

UBC defence expert Michael Byers was interviewed for a CBC News story on Canadian submarines that will be out of commission because hundreds of welds are unreliable.

“If a weld blows on a submarine while it’s 100 metres below the surface, every person on board dies,” he said. “There’s no margin for error when you’re talking about submarines.” The story also appeared on Yahoo News Canada.

Why the history of news explains its future

The Conversation Tue May 17 2016 By: John Maxwell Hamilton and Heidi J. S. Tworek

UBC international history professor Heidi J.S. Tworek co-wrote a story for The Conversation purporting that the decline of print journalism will not be the end of news.

“This 20th-century moment of high professionalism is an exception in the history of news, not its defining moment,” the authors wrote, citing their research on the natural history of the news.

Inattentive much? Here’s why smartphones may be to blame

Daily Mail Tue May 17 2016 By: Abigail Beall

A University of Virginia-UBC study links smartphone alerts to symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, reports theDaily Mail.

The study followed 221 UBC students and found that when they had their phones’ notification alerts on and kept their phones within reach, they were more inattentive and hyperactive than when interruptions were kept to a minimum.

A similar story also appeared on CTV NewsInternational Business Times, CNET and Georgia Straight.